New Zealand beat South Africa by an innings and 276 runs in the first session on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series on the third day of the first Test. With this win, New Zealand ended their 18-year wait for a Test win against South Africa. Tim Southee took five for 35 as South Africa were reduced to 111 runs in just 32 overs in the second innings at the Hagley Oval here.
South Africa started the day with 34 for three. South Africa’s team could only manage 95 runs in the first innings, in response to which New Zealand posted a mammoth score of 482 runs thanks to Henry Nicholls 105 and Tom Blundell’s 96.
Fast bowler Matt Henry was adjudged man of the match. Apart from taking seven wickets for 23 runs in the first innings, he also took two wickets for 32 runs in the second innings. In New Zealand’s first innings, he scored 58 runs while batting at number 11.
Only fifth win for New Zealand:
In the second innings too, only two South African batsmen Temba Bavuma (41) and wicketkeeper Kyle Verine (30) were able to cross the 20-run mark. With this win, New Zealand have taken a strong step towards winning the first Test series against South Africa. Saturday’s win is only New Zealand’s fifth win against South Africa in 45 Tests.
Southee did it:
Southee took five or more wickets in an innings for the 14th time in Test cricket. He also crossed the 200 Test wicket-mark in New Zealand during this period and became the leading wicket-taker in Test matches in New Zealand, surpassing Richard Hadlee.